This is Danson House set within Danson Park in Bexleyheath., about a 10 minute walk from The Red House which I wrote about last week.. The house was primarily the vision of two men, John Boyd, the owner and the architect Robert Taylor.
The house was built in 1766 and in 1994 was restored by English Heritage which had identified the house as being ' the most significant building at risk in London'.
Inside the house is this magnificent elliptical staircase. This is the view looking upwards and below is the view from the top of the staircase.
This is the Dining room.
Boyd was a successful business man in the City of London and Danson House was his country retreat. He inherited his fortune from his father who owned sugar plantations in St Kitts in the Caribbean. Boyd completed Danson House to celebrate his marriage to his second wife Catherine Chapone.
In the room are 17 original wall paintings completed by the artist Charles Pavillon in 1766. The paintings have symbolic references to love, marriage and fine dining.
This room is the salon, an octagonal room with Chinese style decorations.
The library would show Boyd's guests that he was a man of learning and culture as well as wealth.
There is a working organ built into the book shelves which is still used today to give recitals.
In the basement is this large kitchen. It is unusually well lit by natural light from a number of high windows.
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